Has your French commune adopted the tourism tax yet? The commune of La Gacilly in Brittany has and Nicola is not sure it will work – or is fair…
Setting up a business in France is not easy, with miles of red tape and high costs setting up and maintaining a small business. National Insurance contributions are complex and usually amount to 30% of GROSS turnover !.Read how this small organic produce retailer is succeeding in France
A private individual who owns his own property or rents one and lives modestly runs little risk of becoming indebted. Nevertheless, avoiding putting in tax returns or turning a blind eye to the obligations of being a French resident may mean that fines (amendes) or interest (majorations) are applied when the authorities catch up with you.
Doing what we do we see a fair amount of what happens when people get it wrong and often spend a lot of time trying to help them. The sad thing is that with more knowledge of French bureaucracy and the differences between the French and the British attitudes to life a lot of the time this sort of situation can be avoided or at least improved. So in this post I am going to try and set down a few general principals about operating your life in France both professionally and privately and give some pointers on how to avoid the traps that life sets. In the next post I will talk about what happens if the huissiers do call and how to deal with it all.